2021/01 > PPH starts in France with the JPO
The French patent office (FPO) and the Japanese patent office (JPO) have ratified a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement. This agreement will be implemented in the framework of a Pilot Program conducted until the end of 2022. At that point, the Pilot Program may either be extended or confirmed.
In combination with implementation of the PACTE law, which provides an opposition procedure for granted French patents and a more thorough examination, implementation of the FPO-JPO PPH is a further decisive cornerstone in the construction of a more efficient, cost-effective and user-oriented French patent system.